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Despite losing her last bout in devastating fashion,
Polish strawweight Karolina
Kowalkiewicz will step inside the Octagon this weekend as a
slight favorite over Michelle
Waterson. Ahead of their crucial encounter at the Wells Fargo
Center in Philadelphia for
UFC on ESPN 2, here are five things you might not know about
the Shark Top Team standout.
She was the first ever KSW women’s champion.
is widely regarded as Poland’s premier mixed martial arts
organization. It was founded in 2004 and is still up and running to
this day, with a total of over 50 events. After fighting on a card
called Extreme Fighting Sports 2, Kowalkiewicz was signed by KSW,
where she fought five times before getting the call from the
Ultimate Fighting Championship. She defeated Marta
Chojnoska by rear-naked choke at KSW 23 to become the
promotion’s inaugural women’s champion. Kowalkiewicz successfully
defended her title once before vacating it to join the UFC.
Given the chance, she’d love to try being a travel show
Kowalkiewicz gushes at the idea of her being a travel show host,
citing author and television host Martyna Wojciechowska as one of
her inspirations. Wojciechowska is very popular in Poland and is
currently doing hosting duties for a documentary series called
“Woman at the End of the World,” where she travels to different
parts of the globe to show the daily lives of women who live
She has her share of doubters.
Unlike many professional fighters, Kowalkiewicz started doing
combat sports rather late. This is why she is used to encountering
doubters who think she’s too old to compete in the sport. Her
initial foray into fighting is Krav Maga, which isn’t even
classified as a fight sport. However, she credits the Israeli
self-defense system for her unique style and her vicious elbows.
Even after making it to the UFC, she said some doubters never
Her fight career ends when motherhood begins.
Fans could be seeing the final years of her MMA career as
Kowalkiewicz recently mentioned plans of having a baby. When that
happens, she might have to hang up her gloves. The Polish fighter
said that while she wants to have children, she still plans on
fighting for about three more years. Her exact retirement timeline
depends on how she fares in her upcoming bouts.
She admits to having a weird collection.
Kowalkiewicz owns a collection of green bottles from beverages she
consumed. No matter if it’s beer, wine or water, as long as the
bottle is green then she would take them home. A more normal
collection stems from her aforementioned love of traveling. She
brings back small souvenirs every time she visits a new place.